Cameron van der Burgh

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Cameron van der Burgh (born 25 May 1988 in Pretoria, South Africa) is an Olympic swimmer and celebrity swimmer from South Africa.

He is Africa's first home-trained world record holder and individual male Olympic champion. He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Pretoria. He has represented South Africa at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and at the 2012 London Olympics where he won the gold medal at the 100-meter breaststroke in a new world record. He has won numerous World Championship medals since his debut in 2007 when he took a bronze medal. Twice he has won the FINA overall World Cup.

Van der Burgh obtained his first world long-course record (27.06s) in the 50m breaststroke in the semifinals at South African nationals in April 2009. Cutting off 0.12 seconds of Oleg Lisogor's old world record set in 2002. He won the world title in the same year at the Rome championship, also in the 50m breaststroke. He won the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in a time of 27.18 seconds in a new games record and the 100m world title at the 2010 short course world championships. He won the 100m breaststroke gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in a new world record time of 58.46 seconds and paid tribute to late world champion Alexander Dale Oen afterwards. Van der Burgh later admitted to breaking the rules by utilising illegal dolphin kicks during the race which was confirmed by video replays showing Van der Burgh taking three dolphin kicks. Subsequently FINA have suggested they may consider underwater video evidence to judge results, although van der Burgh's results and medal are not under threat.